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1  FIBER ARTS / Dyeing: Completed Projects / lots o' roving on: August 10, 2008 04:09:23 PM
Here is a fraction of what I did over this weekend.  I really like trying the same colorways over again- they are a little different every time, especially on different kinds of wool.  So far I'm only using merino, falkland and BFL.  I'd LOVE to get some merino blends, like merino/bamboo, etc...

2  FIBER ARTS / Dyeing: Completed Projects / weekend of roving! on: July 27, 2008 07:42:08 PM
I did a mammoth dye session yesterday- here are just a few of the rovings I dyed up!



I didn't post any handspun on Fiber Friday this week, but I think this makes up for it! 
3  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / Another plying w/ thread problem! on: May 26, 2008 08:13:49 AM
Ok, so I'm sitting down to ply a single with thread last night.  First I tried clear poly thread, then I switched to woolly nylon.  The same thing happened with both- the yarn plied onto the thread just fine, but as it came up through the orifice and then onto the flier through the guide hooks, the little 'waves' of the single would get caught and start smooshing up, forming a big wad of coils all the way back down through the orifice!  Does this make sense?  It's not that it was literally caught up on the hooks, it was just getting smashed against them and not traveling through onto the bobbin smoothly.  I'm doing this on an Ashford jumbo flyer, and I've never had this problem on a regular sized flier.  It almost seems that the angle at which the yarn is coming up through the orifice and onto the guide hooks is too severe, much wider than on a regular flyer.  The single isn't that bulky (probably a DK/worsted weight) so it's not that it's too fat to travel through the orifice/hooks smoothly.  I thought that it was just that the poly thread was too slick, but even with the woolly nylon, the same thing kept happening.

Has this happened to anyone else?  What should I do?  I'm frustrated cause now i have a huge bobbin full of super twisty singles that need to be plied with SOMEthing!  Thanks in advance for the advice!!  If this is a confusing question, I'll try to post pics, just let me know.
4  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / Yarn Con in Chicago? on: May 23, 2008 08:57:30 PM
Sorry for the cross-posting, I just want to make sure someone sees this post as it refers to kind of a small event.

I found out that Chicago is hosting their second Yarn Con in October.  I might be getting ahead of myself, but I'd love to participate.  It seems, as a spinner, that there is no better place to first try selling handspun yarn/roving, as that is what the whole event is about!

Did anyone here participate last year, either as a seller or a visitor?  I just want to get a general vibe of what it was like, how successful sales were, etc.  It would be my first craft fair EVER as a seller so I want to de-mystify it as much as possible.  Thanks in advance for the info! 
5  CRAFTY BUSINESS ADVICE / Tips for Participating in Craft Fairs / Yarn Con in Chicago? on: May 23, 2008 08:55:11 PM
Hi All, I'm a relatively new spinner, and I just found out that Chicago is hosting their second Yarn Con in October.  I might be getting ahead of myself, but I'd love to participate.  It seems, as a spinner, that there is no better place to first try selling handspun yarn/roving, as that is what the whole event is about!

Did anyone here participate last year, either as a seller or a visitor?  I just want to get a general vibe of what it was like, how successful sales were, etc.  It would be my first craft fair EVER as a seller so I want to de-mystify it as much as possible.  Thanks in advance for the info!  I might cross post this in the fiber arts category...
6  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / Help plying w/ thread on: May 04, 2008 07:01:29 AM
I've plied with wooly nylon a couple of times and had no problems.  I just tried plying with that clear polyester sewing thread last night, but it tangles like a @$*!.  Any suggestions on how to keep it calm?  I had it sitting on the built-in lazy kate, and was guiding it with my hands as I would when plying with anything else, but it still got kinked up on itself and then snapped off mid skein.  Argh!  Should I put it in a box and let the spool roll around in there as I ply or what?

Thanks for the tips Smiley
7  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Completed Projects / My Spinning Wheel Honeymoon- PIC HEAVY on: April 13, 2008 01:49:46 PM
I bought my very first spinning wheel* last Monday and I broke all the rules of buying a spinning wheel- I bought a used wheel without ever having even touched a spinning wheel in my life.  Thanks to Nicolassa and an Ashford instructional manual, I was able to make an informed purchase on this finished, single drive Traveller (which happened to be my dream wheel- fate?) It was only $250!


I immediately ordered bobbins and a maintenance kit, as this guy was in need of a tune up.  I practiced just treadling until Friday, when the goods arrived.  I replaced the brake, drive band, and oiled him up, and I haven't stopped spinning since (seriously, I left the house once, on Saturday morning- to go to the post office to pick up a box of wool!!)
Listed in order of which they were spun:
Corriedale roving that I dyed myself:


Allsorts, about 2 oz, worsted weight, from the giant scrap batt I bought from Copperpot Woolies (also my first plied yarn!!)


Vamped, 2.25 ounces, heavy worsted/bulky, Corriedale roving that I dyed:


Solemn, 2 ounces, heavy worsted/bulky, BFL roving that I dyed:


Woodstock, about 4 oz, bulky weight (from Lapoli):


Live Wire, 1.75 oz, thick and thin, from Hobbledhoy (a LOLBatt!!) 


This was also my first time trying coils/hives/granny barrels/whatever these are:


I am SO EXCITED!!!  Spinning is a thousand times easier with a wheel (for me anyways) and I can get so much more done!  Which means I may get through all of the fiber I have been hoarding.... Wink  It's also the most relaxing thing in the world.  I almost fell asleep doing it on Saturday night (although it was well past midnight...)

*Note: Spinning wheel is yet to be named.  I am thinking about it, I promise.
8  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / Assessing Used Spinning Wheel- I BOUGHT IT!!! (now w/ pics) on: April 07, 2008 09:00:58 AM
Hi, sorry for this red-flag post, but I am going to check out this spinning wheel tonight: http://chicago.craigslist.org/nch/art/630599778.html

And I would like some advice on what to look for.  The guy who is selling it says it doesn't have any bobbins, but is in new condition aside from that.  I know I should have an experienced spinner come along to check it out with me (this would be my first wheel), but I just found this kind of unexpectedly over the weekend and it looks like a really great deal so I'm going to pounce while I can.  Should i just treadle it and see if it "goes" or doesn't squeak or what? 

Also, if I do buy it, because it doesn't come with bobbins and I would have to order them, how do I keep myself from going crazy with impatience until the bobbins arrive?!

Thank you all so much for any advice!  I will poke around here for past spinning wheel topics as well.
***

I checked this lil guy out and took him home- I must say, spinning wheels are even cuter in person!!  Everything is in excellent condition, minus a brake spring, and it has some surface scratches, but I believe that is commonly referred to as "character".  Anyway, I am off to order a maintenance kit and jumbo flyer kit!  Hooray!!! 

Here are some pics:



I've given him a little bath, oiled him up, and then took the flyer off so I could practice treadling as I eagerly await my bobbins!
9  FIBER ARTS / Dyeing: Completed Projects / first dyed rovings w/pics! on: March 17, 2008 07:47:13 PM
My corriedale roving and Jacquard dyes arrived last week, so I FINALLY got to try them out this weekend!  Here is what I've come up with:

First "test batch"



Second batch- I've named them (from left to right) Amazon, Sakura, and Doll House:



Roving balls!


I've already spun up the first green on, and it is drying.  I'm not sure what I'll do with the others.  There is a woman at work who knits, I might spin them up for her.
10  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / Lefties and Spinning Wheels on: March 14, 2008 02:05:08 PM
I saw a link to a spinning wheel pro/con/info chart in a thread here SOMEwhere (can't seem to find it now) but there was a note regarding the "handedness" of each spinning wheel.  I'm guessing that castle-style wheels are not favored by any one side of the body, but can other spinners explain exactly how a spinning wheel can be left- or right-handed?  Is it just the location of the flier and wheel, or what?  I'm a lefty, and I've spun with a drop spindle up until now, and I'm looking into getting a wheel sometime soon.  Any pointers?  If it helps, when I use the drop spindle, I hold the 'tail' of the fiber in my left hand, and do the pulling/drafting and flicking of the spindle with my right.

Thanks!
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